Crews battle large blaze at a Fla. fabric warehouse

Posted: 11/23/12 at 5:45 pm EST      Last Updated: 11/23/12 at 5:59 pm EST

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Fire Rescue crews are battling a 2-alarm fire that has engulfed a South Florida fabric warehouse.

The blaze broke out Friday at about 7:30 a.m. at the warehouse on Northwest 54th Street and 36th Avenue. Several units from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue are fighting the ferocious fire. "We have a very stubborn warehouse fire here, started about two hours ago; we have over 100 firefighters here working feverishly to contain this fire," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Al Cruz.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived on scene to find flames and heavy smoke billowing from the building. "Apparently, it's a fabrics warehouse, so it has a lot of areas that can burn, very ferociously," said Cruz. "Right now the fire seems to have vented to the roof. There's at least two warehouses that are engulfed in flames and heavy smoke as you can see."

Fire crews said it could take hours to the blaze under control. "This is probably the most dangerous type of fire that firefighters attack day in and day out," said Cruz.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief said the flammable materials in this warehouse are what make this particular so dangerous for firefighters. "What makes it dangerous is the unknowns. We have our hazardous materials team here, we also have our technical rescue and we have all of our specialized units, as well as your day to day operational units to try to contain this fire and we're being assisted by several sister cities, Hialeah as well," he said.

Officials have shut down Northwest 54th Street and 36th Avenue as they continue to fight this fire.

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